This climb is the ideal preparation for the real challenges.
The road is quiet and nature beautiful,
though one does not really get high (the pass lies at 1367 meters only).
The road is situated in the narrow valley of the Torrent de la Lignarre
and takes the cyclist through forests and villages.
The climb can be divided into three sections.
The first consists of a short warming up and two fairly steep kilometers (7-8%).
In the middle part there are three rather easy kilometers (up to 6%).
In the village of La Poutuire the final section of another five kilometers starts,
which is again harder
with a steepest kilometer of 8.2%.
Towards the end climbing quickly becomes easier.
In the last three kilometers the forests give way
allowing more views of the high peaks around.